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Juniper Berry Hardcover – Deckle Edge, April 26, 2011
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In a story at once harrowing and touching, Kozlowsky enlivens the narrative with a deft hand, melding imagery that recalls the work of Neil Gaiman, Lemony Snicket, and Hans Christian Andersen...This compelling read promises to draw reluctant and avid readers alike. (ALA Booklist)
The quirky plot (who knew brightly colored balloons could represent such dire consequences?) is nicely accented with a slightly out-of-time feel...Kozlowsky wisely builds toward a rich and complex climax worth these often-splendid characters. (Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books)
About the Author
M. P. Kozlowsky is the author of Juniper Berry. A former schoolteacher, he lives in New York with his wife and two daughters.
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In this twist on the famous Doctor Faustus story, Juniper's movie-star parents (and the parents of the boy next door) sell their souls little by little to a creepy (yes, there's that word again), demonic creature that lives under the tree. In return, they get fame, fortune - whatever their hearts desire. As the story progresses, Juniper's parents become more and more self-centered - and more and more distant - as they give more and more of themselves to Mr. Creepy.
(In case you're wondering, he lives off their souls. Their souls - and the souls of others like them - keep him alive.)
I normally would set a book like this aside. But I kept reading, because I got caught up in the plight of Juniper and her parents. I had to know if they would ever be free of the demonic creature under the tree - and recover the loving, carefree relationship they once had. But how could a girl like Juniper face off against something so powerful, crafty and demonic - and win?
You'll have to read it for yourself to find out. But be warned... the author writes a vivid story that sucks you in. Before you know it, you, too, will be turning the pages as fast as you can - and hoping for a happy ending.
Juniper is determined to find out what her parents are getting from the forest and it becomes a sort of good against evil fairytale. An evil horrible man needs the dreams of people to trick them into thinking they have everything they want. He has a balloon maker imprisoned in the tree who makes balloons that hold the dreams. People sort of inhale the breath in the balloons and this gives strength to the evil shrouded dream snatcher. Juniper has to be strong along with Giles to match wits against the dream stealer.
That is all that I will say. It is worth reading...probably to or with a child...not a young child but perhaps second grade and on. It had scary bits but lots and lots of wholesome good bits. I loved it.